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Eurasian Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
The Eurasian Studies MA at Nazarbayev University is an interdisciplinary program that combines Anthropology, History, Literature, Political Science, Religious Studies and Sociology. We define Eurasia inclusively, comprising not just the five post-Soviet republics of Central Asia, but Xinjiang, Mongolia, Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Russia and Eastern Europe. 

Overview

We believe the Eurasian Studies MA at Nazarbayev University will allow you to explore a wide range of intellectual interests, to receive a rigorous training in your chosen field, and to take an interdisciplinary approach to whatever research questions you develop. 

  • The first multi-disciplinary Area Studies program in Kazakhstan and the wider region focusing on Eurasia
  • 2-year funded all-English MA program of 120 ECTS credits.
  • Taught by internationally recognized faculty
  • Advised and actively supported by the partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
  • An exciting opportunity to explore the cultures, languages, histories, communities, societies, and politics of Eurasia
  • Includes the five post-Soviet Central Asian states, Russia, Eastern Europe, Mongolia, Xinjiang, and neighboring regions of South Asia, China and the Middle East
  • An unrivalled concentration of scholars with Eurasian expertise, spanning the disciplines of Anthropology, Economics, History, Literature, Oriental Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology
  • Advanced academic training for pursuing careers in research, government, international organizations, academia, or other fields
  • Study in Astana, at the heart of Eurasia, with unparalleled access to archives, fieldwork sites, government agencies, international organizations, and foreign diplomats
  • Housing on campus with modern facilities, labs, library and sports center.
  • Awards “Master of Arts in Eurasian Studies” degree

Work after graduation

  • Research
  • International organizations
  • Academia
  • Policy-making
  • Journalism
  • NGOs
  • Government service

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Eurasia
  • General Methodology 
  • Qualitative Methods and Research Design
  • Disciplinary Methodology 
  • Summer Research and fieldwork practicum

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent)
During the application period final year students may submit official current transcript for consideration. 
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 out of 4.0 (or equivalent); 
  • High motivation and strong interest in the Program as outlined in a personal essay;
  • Strong writing skills demonstrated in an essay in response to the essay questions provided in the application form;
  • Resume;
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 10 000 KZT

Living costs for Nur-Sultan

  • 151250 - 222350 KZT/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Scholarships are available

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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